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11/17/2011

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Lynda C.

I'm not saying that I'm against charter schools but is the only reason we want to start a charter school is to threaten public schools of shut down if they don't produce a pefect product. This leads me to think what will it take to start a charter school. Who will be the principal, who will teach, what will they teach, who are the students, how do we get them there, etc.? I think someone (if they haven't already) should do a study of 'a charter school -from the basic beginning to now.'

GH

Lynda, thanks for your comments. In my view, the reason we should support the charter school option is simply to increase the range of educational choices available to parents and students. This may or may not lead to better educational outcomes in any given school, but it at least provides more options for parents (especially poor parents) and potentially (key word) fosters more creativity, innovation and performance from all players in the educational market, whether private, public, or charter.

Lots of research has been done on charter schools. See the link in the post above. Results are mixed. Some studies show big gains for students in charter schools; others don't, though there seems to be a slight edge in desirable outcomes in contexts where there are multiple educational options available. The point is not that charter schools are a magic potion that can fix all our problems, but rather that more educational choice is a valuable outcome in and of itself.

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